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Paul Neagu: Sculpture

Sat 17 March — Wed 4 April 1979

Paul Neagu: Sculpture

This exhibition consists of sculpture; wall pieces and floor pieces and a number of related drawings. The installation has been conceived especially for Their Eye's gallery. The works contain recurrent geometric elements used by Neagu; triangle, rectangle, sphere and grid.

When studying Neagu's installation it is useful to consider the artists's education and influences; several intensive years studying life-drawing at the Academy in Bucharest; the sculpture of a fellow Rumanian - Brancusi - negus interest in philosophy and his sustained reference to studies concerning man's function on earth and the role of art in enhancing man's existence. The materials with which Neagu usually works - natural woods, etc. are reminiscent of the methods the peasant uses to construct his tools. The forms and the finished object posses, however, a sophistication, which is both complete and highly developed.

Paul Neagu was born in Rumania in 1938. He was educated at the Academy of Fine Arts 'N Grigoresco' in Bucharest (1959 - 65). In 1969 he moved to the United Kingdom, obtaining British citizenship in 1976.

Neagu has exhibited in numerous one man and group exhibitions both in the United Kingdom and overseas and is represented in many public collections. He is a lecturer at horsey and Chelsea College of Art, a visiting lecturer at many other colleges and lives and works in London.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated publication (to be published after the exhibition has opened) - the illustrations will include black and white installation photographs, and an essay by Paul Overy.